The Columbia Disc Graphophone Type "BI" (or "Sterling") became the model that virtually defined the distinctive artistic style of the company. Rich, warm oak and cool, elegant nickel plating. The solid-brass, nickel-plated flower horn has its original plating which we have polished to a delightful luster.
We have meticulously restored the stately oak cabinet. When we perform a historically accurate restoration, we use THE SAME materials that were employed by the Columbia factory back in the day -- aniline dye stain, shellac, even "artisan" decals. WHAT are artisan decals? Well, to appreciate them you have understand what restoring was like 40 years ago --- back then the only decals available to someone trying to do a competent job of bringing a talking machine back to life were TERRIBLE. The decals were inaccurate, badly printed, and they stuck out like sore thumbs. FINALLY a buddy of ours arrived upon the scene. He has devoted his retirement to creating perfectly accurate decals that are INDISTINGUISHABLE from the originals. Artisan decals.
The horn/arm components gleam -- clean and well polished. You can see how Columbia selected the nickname "Sterling" for this instrument- the nickel plating is not unlike antique silver.
We've made all the adjustments -- the soundbox has been scrupulously restored and calibrated, with new rubber gaskets. One of the foremost blunders that amateur sellers make is in their inability to properly tune a soundbox. After 48 years, WE know what to do -- and the sound is glorious! Note the flat,round knob which protrudes from the back of the arm, at the left. This is a built-in volume control which still works!
The motor is a TRIPLE-spring powerhouse which smoothly and evenly plays your 78 rpm records. This is an updated and improved motor that was used by Columbia in its Grafonola inside-horn models.
This is a beautiful and a great-playing instrument. The felt on the turntable is original -- we are seldom able to salvage something as ephemeral as felt, but we are happy to say this century-old felt is still excellent. Every day of the week we repair the mistakes of other people. Most dealers lack the skills to adjust these instruments properly. At phonophan we understand these machines inside and out! What you buy from us is far and away the finest quality -- no mis-matched parts, no home handyman repairs. Only the finest work, based on 48 years in this field.
The Columbia BI Disc Graphophone -- classic good looks, superb playing quality, a must for those who want to enjoy both the visual and the auditory pleasures of a true antique phonograph.
Price $1950.00 US plus s/h, (NY State residents must add tax if applicable).
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